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ANONYMOUS PRESS RELEASE
January 25, 2011
DEAR JOURNALISTS OF THE WORLD,
You were intrigued by us when we took on the financial sector by attacking
Visa, Mastercard, and Paypal as part of Operation Payback. Many of you
became enamoured with us during Operation Tunisia and applauded our
efforts. Some of you are now paying close attention to Operation Algeria.
We know that we have gained support from even a few of you. Those few
are hoping against hope that our unconventional methods will continue to
have an effect on people, perhaps even the world. Those few admire us, if
for no other reason than the fact that, in a world full of apathy, a world filled
with people who don't even bother to read the information you painstakingly
present, we are trying to do something. This intrigues you. At the very
least, it inspires you to keep an eye on us, hoping we continue to take
You know that, whether you are risking your own safety - perhaps even
your own life - to share the truth, or whether you are beholden to your
dictators or your advertisers, unable to write anything they do not approve,
we, Anonymous, are on your side and are fighting for you and your
freedoms. You, the journalists, reporters, and bloggers. You, the
newspapers, television networks and websites who hunt down and
disseminate information. We are fighting for you.
Some of you have recorded milestones of our efforts. Some of you have
reported upon them, and some of you have even participated in our fight.
You are the press, and you have our gratitude.
We need your help now. From North Africa to Gaza, people are rising up
and risking their lives to demand nothing more than basic rights, an end to
the corruption, and a fair chance to progress in life. What the Western
world is unaware of, and the Western media largely ignores, is the fact that
the people protesting and the people dying in the Arab world are just like
them. They have the same desire for basic freedoms, similar ambitions for
themselves and for their family and friends, the same inherent intelligence
and, the same keen sense of injustice as their counterparts in the West
Here is where we need your help. We ask you, the journalists, to bring to
the rest of the world the humanity of these revolutions. What we are
witnessing are not extremist acts that are committed by misled, ignorant
people. Indeed, they are committed by intelligent, but desperate people people willing to sacrifice themselves in order to inspire their fellow citizens
to rally against their oppressors. The world needs human news. The world
needs to know who it is that needs their support, and not just the number of
casualties or the politics involved.
What we ask is simple. There are people protesting in Algeria, Egypt,
Yemen, Albania, Libya, and many other countries at this very moment. Tell
us who they are and what it is they want for their country and their people,
for now and in the future. So many voices are raised in protest right now
and all the world can hear is the noise. Tell us what the people are saying.
Some of you will ignore this message. It announces no new operations, as
we are still focusing our efforts on Operation Algeria. This message issues
no threats, as you are the press and are always safe from us. If you heed
our request, however, it could make all the difference in the world, as it
made a difference for the Tunisians to know that they were speaking and
the world was hearing their message. Help us do this for Algeria, Egypt,
and other countries where the people are imploring to be heard.
We are Anonymous.
We do not forgive the denial of basic human rights.
We do not forget those who assist the oppressed.
To the Tyrannical governments of the world... Expect us.